Leaning on a lonesome song….Breaking it down

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I’ve fallen in love with a country song called “Leaning on a Lonesome Song” by Gord Bamford.It’s a great study of songwriting.I thought I would break it down and share this with some of my writer friends and let you all in on it.A song writing study…..

Leaning on a lonesome song Gord Bamford, Buddy Owens, Ray Stephenson

The structure is VVCVCBC and a tag at the end.The song clocks in at 3:13 and has an intro of 14 seconds.Gord hits the hook pretty quick here at about 30 seconds and again at 60 seconds at which point he goes into the soaring chorus and hits the hook at the bottom of the chorus,all in 1:30 we hear the hook line 3 times.Nice work,but wait theres more….

Verse one
Borderline crazy, going out of my mind
She said maybe she’ll come back in time
Yeah but lately I’m leanin’ on a lonesome song

Internal rhymes the first 2 lines (Crazy maybe) and (mind time) and then a middle line rhyme (Lately with crazy, maybe) Then the hook line…..Suweeet!!

Verse 2
I’ve been lyin’ (I’ve been lyin’)
been talkin’ to myself I’ve been dying (I’ve been dying)
Lookin’ around for help But I’m trying (but I’m trying)
Leanin’ on a lonesome song (leanin’ on a lonesome song)

Then he does the same thing again…Middle rhymes etc.Very sweet This is important stuff in commercial music folks!(Not that every song should do this particular technique) Then the chorus starts with an awesome musical lift and he rhymes sing with Twaaaang…nice! And he puts the line Leaning on a lonesome song at the end.Just like a good writer should.Text book stuff. Verse 3 is a half verse.Classic commercial trick and it works.He changes the rhyme scheme here which some purists would gag at but by this time he has done a great job at driving home that lonesome line and I don’t care…I love it! The rest of the tune is standard stuff bridge and chorus with a tag.Love this tune!!

Capo 2

A
Borderline crazy, going out of my mind
D
She said maybe she’ll come back in time
E
Yeah but lately
A
I’m leanin’ on a lonesome song (leanin’ on a lonesome song)

I’ve been lyin’ (I’ve been lyin’) been talkin’ to myself
I’ve been dying (I’ve been dying) Lookin’ around for help
But I’m trying (but I’m trying)
Leanin’ on a lonesome song (leanin’ on a lonesome song)

Chorus:
D
Let those twin fiddles sing
E F#m F#m/E D
Let that steel guitar twa-a-a-a-a-ang
D E
Pour me something strong, I’m barely hangin’ on
A D
Leanin’ on a lonesome song (leanin’ on a lonesome song)

It’s in that juke box fillin’ up the room
It’s like pouring whiskey on an open wound
The only thing that helps my heart alone (that helps my heart alone)
Is leanin’ on a lonesome song (leanin’ on a lonesome song)

Chorus

D
Leanin’ on a lonesome song (leanin’ on a lonesome song)
A
Leanin’ on a lonesome song (leanin’ on a lonesome song)
D
Leanin’ on a lonesome song (leanin’ on a lonesome song)

A
Borderline crazy, goin’ out of my mind
D A
She said maybe, (she said maybe) she’ll come back in time

Buy this tune on itunes
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/gord-bamford/id112440921

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http://www.davestanleyband.com


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